Meghan Markle reads her children’s book to children in New York

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Meghan markle and Prince harryThe Big Apple tour continued on Friday with an outing to PS 123 by Mahalia Jackson. The Duchess of Sussex read her children’s book, The bench, to an audience of second-graders, as well as to her husband, at the Harlem school. The visit aimed to highlight community initiatives and promote early literacy, by royal publisher Omid Scobie.

CBS New York’s Natalie Duddridge reported that Meghan said it was the first time she read her book to a group of children other than her two children, Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diane. After the reading, the royal couple spent time with the students, who gave handmade gifts to the Duke and Duchess, according to PEOPLELanford’s beard.

Meghan’s book, released in June, was inspired by her husband and their firstborn Archie. The bench talks about the ‘special bond between father and son, seen through a mother’s eyes’, and began as a poem the Duchess wrote for Prince Harry on Father’s Day 2019.

The Sussexes are in New York for Citizen of the World Live. The couple toured the One World Observatory atop One World Trade Center on Thursday with the Governor of New York Kathy hochul and mayor of New York Bill de Blasio. When asked if they enjoyed their visit to New York, Meghan replied: “It’s wonderful to be back.”

Later that day, the couple met with the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda thomas greenfield and participated in a vaccine equity discussion that included Chelsea clinton. Meghan and Harry are due to appear on Saturday at Citizen of the World Live, where they will talk about the importance of achieving global equity in vaccines. The event, which is part of the Global Citizen’s Recovery Plan for the World campaign, will feature performances by Andrea Bocelli, BTS, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle, Demi Lovato and more.

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